American Le Mans Series

eBay Deal of the Week: 1975 BMW 2002

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Whether you know it or not, the BMW 2002 is one of the most important little cars ever imported into the United States. As one of the first true sports sedans on the market, it showed consumers that you could indeed have fun while hauling 4 passengers in comfort. This 1975 model is up for sale on eBay and I’ve got to say it’s one trick little machine. Clad in slick black paint with an updated 170 HP 2.4L four-cylinder engine, dual 45 DCOE Weber carburetors, and BBS style wheels wearing Kumho 215 45 ZR16 tires, this 2002 has you covered in the performance department. The interior will not disappoint either with such upgrades as Porsche Recaro seats with netted headrests and a McIntosh head unit with 4×6 Infinity speakers. The bidding ends in 5 days so make sure to click through to check out more pics, or click here to go directly to the auction.

Source: eBay.com

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Nissan DeltaWing Driven At Road Atlanta: CHRIS HARRIS

Posted in 24 Hours of LeMons, American Le Mans Series, Best of, DRIVE, General, Import Rides, Nissan, Racing Coverage, Rides, Videos by MrAngry | November 7th, 2012 | Leave a Reply |

Nissan DeltaWing

Surely the most interesting and innovative racing car of the past 30 years, the DeltaWing finished 5th at Petit Le Mans. We drove it two days after the race. Engineer Ben Bowlby’s interview is compulsory viewing for all racing fans. A day to remember. – CHRIS HARRIS

Source: Youtube.com/DRIVE

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Flat Out In a Le Mans Winning Porsche 962

Posted in 24 Hours of LeMons, American Le Mans Series, Best of, DRIVE, European Rides, General, Porsche, Racing Coverage, Rides, Videos by MrAngry | September 29th, 2012 | 1 Response |

Porsche 962 Chris Harris on Cars

Can you imagine getting a call from Ferrari or Porsche asking you to drive one of their priceless race cars? I mean for a car guy, that’s a wet dream come true. Chris Harris recently had that happen when Porsche called him up and said, “Hey Chris, how about you come on over and drive our Le Mans Winning Porsche 962?” Honestly, if he’d had said no I’d have flown to the UK, killed him and then driven the damn thing myself. Thankfully though, he said yes… Click through and check it out.

Source: Youtube.com/DRIVE

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Oversteering Committee with ALMS President Scott Atherton

Posted in American Le Mans Series, General, Racing Coverage by MrAngry | March 14th, 2011 | 2 Responses |

Scott Atherton ALMS

Last Wednesday I attended the first meeting of the Oversteering Committee at Manhattan Motor Cars on the west side of NYC. The committee is made up of automotive marketing and public relations executives and comprises an invitation only membership of automotive, financial, technology and lifestyle journalists, prominent automotive collectors, key influencers and social media experts with the goal of bringing to light new automotive trends. The first meeting was actually pretty impressive as Scott Atherton, ALMS President and CEO, was on hand to share his insights on why the ALMS (American Le Mans Series) is so popular. What’s interesting is that while so many other motor sport series are feeling a hit due to the poor economic climate, ALMS is moving forward thanks to an influx of new car classes, media coverage and competitors.
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Ferrari 458 GT2 is Coming For You

Posted in American Le Mans Series, Exotic Cars, Fast Cars, Favorite Cars, Ferrari, Racing by Dustin Driver | December 12th, 2010 | 1 Response |

This is the Ferrari 458 GT2 and it’s coming for your soul. The harrowing image of the rip-snorting stallion appeared on the Net a few days ago and is currently striking fear into the heart of GT2 racers everywhere. According to sources close to the company, the demon-horse was recently unleashed on Ferrari’s Fiorano test track, where it howled and screamed for blood.

Source: Autorevolution, Axis of Oversteer

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Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid At 2010 Petit LeMans

Posted in American Le Mans Series, Car Tech, General, Hybrid, Hybrid Technologies, Porsche, Racing by Kurt Ernst | October 5th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

Porsche brought their 911 GT3 R Hybrid to this side of the pond, to compete in last weekend’s Petit LeMans at Road Atlanta. The car started from the 43rd spot, but managed an 18th place finish despite two unscheduled pit stops during the event. The car, entered into the GTH class for experimental cars, was co-driven by Timo Bernhard, Mike Rockenfeller and Romain Dumas. Their goal wasn’t so much to win the event, but rather to develop as much information as possible on Porsche’s hybrid drive system under racing conditions. The data gathered will be applied to future racing efforts, and eventually to Porsche road cars as well.

The hybrid drive system in the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid differs substantially from those used in production cars like the Toyota Prius. The Porsche system is a Kinetic Energy Recover System (KERS), similar to what was developed for Formula One racing in the 2009 season. The GT3 R Hybrid has two electric motors mounted at the front wheels; under braking, these motors act as generators. The energy created is transmitted to a KERS flywheel unit, which sits where the passenger seat would be in an ordinary car. The flywheel, which can spin at up to 40,000 RPM, stores the kinetic energy recovered from braking, but only for a limited amount of time (around eight seconds). Exiting a corner, a driver can use the energy stored in the flywheel to power the front wheel motors, creating a short burst of additional horsepower or reducing the amount of throttle needed (and hence, fuel consumed) to regain speed.

Corvette’s and the National Anthem.

Posted in American Le Mans Series, Chevrolet, Cool Stuff, Corvette, Racing, Videos by MrAngry | July 5th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

This video may in fact be from 2009 but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s totally appropriate consider yesterday was the 4th of July. What we have here is the crew chief of the Pratt and Miller Corvette C6-R team, Mike West ripping out his version of the National Anthem before the 2009 running of the 24 Hours of LeMans. This guys got some skills with a guitar and hell… anytime you’re mixing Corvette’s and the National Anthem people all over the world can’t help but take notice.

Source: YouTube.com

American LeMans Series Corvette C6.R Teaser Vid

Posted in American Le Mans Series, Corvette, Racing by Kurt Ernst | March 6th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

The new ALMS season is set to kick off at Sebring on March 20, and Corvette Racing will debut their new ZR-1 based race cars in the GT class (called GT2 at the 24 Hours of LeMans). Gone for 2010 is the GT1 class, which has been ruled by the Corvettes since the late 1990s. In the 2009 season, Corvette was the sole remaining entry in the GT1 class.

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Corvette Ends GT1 Racing On High Note At LeMan

Posted in American Le Mans Series, Chevrolet, Corvette, Fast Cars, General, GM, Racing by Geoff | July 8th, 2009 | Leave a Reply |
Corvette Paces LeMan Competition

Corvette Paces LeMan Competition

Winning this year’s edition of the world’s most prestigious sports car race had special significance for Corvette Racing because it marks the end of team Corvette C6R’s run in GT1 racing. Corvette Racing begins its transition to a global GT class in 2010 that is chiefly based on current GT2 regulations.

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Ridelust Film of the Day: ‘Le Mans’ (1971) Starring Steve McQueen

Posted in American Le Mans Series, Celebrity Cars, Classic, Exotic Cars, Fast Cars, Formula 1, History, Movie Cars, Movies, Pop Culture, Racing, Videos by Vito Rispo | July 1st, 2009 | Leave a Reply |

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Superclass watchmaker TAG Heuer recently took some footage of Steve McQueen from his 1971 classic film Le Mans and awkwardly stuffed it into a commercial so they could pit him against the current F1 champ, Lewis Hamilton. It was interesting to see McQueen go head-to-head with Hamilton, but all the ad really did was make me want to watch the original film.

So keeping with the Ridelust tradition of bringing you the finest automotive cinema (The Italian Machine and C’était un Rendez-Vous), here’s the 1971 Steve McQueen classic in it’s entirety… Le Mans:
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